Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Corbett Hutchinson (April 2, 1928)

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Title

Letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Corbett Hutchinson (April 2, 1928)

Alternative Title

Chase Correspondence (April 2, 1928)

Subject

Windermere (Fla.)
Chase, Sydney Octavius, 1860-1941
Chase, Joshua Coffin, 1858-1948
Chase and Company (Sanford, Fla.)
Citrus fruit industry--Florida
Citrus--Florida
Fruit--Grading--United States

Description

An original letter of correspondence between Joshua Coffin Chase and Isleworth Packing House Superintendent Corbett Hutchinson. Topics discussed in the letter include the size of Isleworth cars in comparison of cars of the Fellowship and of the Crane and instructions to visit the Fellowship packinghouse.

Chase & Company was established by brothers Sydney Octavius Chase and Joshua Coffin Chase in 1884. The company sold insurance and later invested in storage facilities and fertilizer sales. Chase & Company was known mainly for its agricultural interests and maintained a series of citrus groves throughout Central Florida. The company was based out of Sanford and became one of the city's largest employers into the early twentieth century. By 1886, the Chase brothers purchased several citrus groves to expand their business, including Isleworth Grove in Windermere, Florida. Isleworth Grove covered a total of 1,300 acres along the Butler Chain of Lakes. Between 1894 and 1895, Central Florida was hit by several freezes and most of the citrus crop was destroyed. Chase & Company did not grow citrus crops again until 1904 when Joshua came back from an extended stay in California. Between 1894 and 1900, different types of pesticide equipment was created, including equipment driven by steam, machines, and horses.Randall Chase joined in the family business soon after his brother, Sydney Chase, Jr., did in 1922. Randall became the president of Chase & Company from 1948-1965. The Isleworth property stayed in the Chase family until 1984 when Franklin Chase, the son of Sydney Chase, sold the property to famed golfer Arnold Palmer.

Creator

Chase, Joshua Coffin

Source

Original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Corbett Hutchinson, April 2, 1928: box 49, folder 20.91, Chase Collection (MS 14), Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Date Created

1928-04-02

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from Joshua Coffin Chase to Corbett Hutchinson, April 2, 1928.

Is Part Of

Chase Collection (MS 14), box 49, folder 20.91, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Collection, Citrus Collection, Chase Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

Folder referenced in Chase Collection finding guide, http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/chase.htm.

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Extent

134 KB

Medium

1-page typewritten letter

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Isleworth Grove, Windermere, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Entire Chase Collection is comprised of four separate accessions from various donors, including Cecilia Johnson, the granddaughter of Joshua Coffin Chase, and the children of Randall Chase.

Rights Holder

The displayed collection item is housed at Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Rights to this item belong to the said institution, and therefore inquiries about the item should be directed there. RICHES of Central Florida has obtained permission from Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida to display this item for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Digital Collections (UFDC), University of Florida

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

Warner, S.C. "Development of Marketing Citrus Fruits in Florida." Florida State Horticultural Society vol. 36 (1923): 198-200.
Hopkins, James T. Fifty Years of Citrus, the Florida Citrus Exchange: 1909-1959. Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press: 1960.
"Franklin Chase, 'Towering Figure in Citrus Industry.'" The Orlando Sentinel, September 30, 1986. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1986-09-30/news/0260060057_1_chase-isleworth-golf-florida-citrus.

Transcript

April 2, 1928.

Mr. C. Hutchinson,
c/o Isleworth Groves,
Windermere, Florida.

Dear Mr. Hutchinson,

In comparing the sales of the Isleworth cars size by size with the Fellowship and the Crane, the writer finds that almost invariably the Fellowship and very often the Crane will beat Isleworth on the 216 size. It some times happens that Isleworth will be slightly ahead of both of the above brands on some of the other sizes, but when the 216 size predominates in a car if the Crane or Fellowship beat Isleworth the increased amount makes a better average for the car for the competitive brands.

The writer believes that in event you are not putting up fruit Tuesday afternoon you had better arrange to visit the Fellowhip packing house in an endeavor to find out how it is that their 216s pack show up in New York market looking heavier and higher than the Isleworth 216s. We believe if we can get on to this pack whatever it is, we can beat every Orange County packing house with the Isleworth brand.

The writer is sending this letter out to you by Mr. S. O. Chase, Jr., so you can make your arrangements for Tuesday.

Enclosed find a comparison worked out by Mr. Patterson.

Yours very truly,

JCC-g

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